Man United currently find themselves in 7th spot in the table after nine games, six points behind leaders Manchester City.
However, Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles during his 26-year reign, believes Mourinho’s men are still within a shout for the title.
“I think there’s five potential candidates: Manchester City as favourites, Tottenham and Liverpool, but also Man United are still there if we get some consistency soon,” he said.
“Even when you are trailing by six, eight points, it’s still possible to catch one or two teams.
“The rivalry and the experience of Guardiola and Mourinho makes for an exciting competition. And you shouldn’t forget Arsenal. The team is more sturdy. They’ve got better and more aggressive.”
United’s league form, by all accounts, has been sketchy during the early stages of the Mourinho era. And yet, despite this, they remain just six points from the top. In other words, two emphatic victories in their next two games could see them – theoretically at least – rise to the table’s summit. It remains unbelievably tight, with six points separating seven teams.
Contrast this with Louis van Gaal‘s first season. After nine games, the Dutchman’s side had 13 points – one less that Mourinho’s current United side. Crucially, though, they were 10 points behind Chelsea at the time, with Manchester City lagging five points behind at the time as well. That year saw one team – Mourinho’s Chelsea – cruise to Premier League glory.
This time around, however, the race is tighter, with no notable front-runner emerging from the early season rubble. This year’s Premier League crown, therefore, even after a poor start, is still very much within United’s grasp.